Rotary International District 6990 inducts Hall of Fame Class of 2023

Rotary International District 6990 inducts Hall of Fame Class of 2023
Pictured (l-r) are the Rotary International District 6990 2023 Hall of Fame inductees: Roy Gonas, Rotary Club of South Miami; Donald Glass, Rotary Club of Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island; Carleen Spano, Rotary Club of Miramar Pines; Yolanda Woodbridge, Rotary Club of Coral Gables; Lee Phares, Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale South, and Keith Douglass, Rotary Club of Marathon.

Rotary International (RI) District 6990 conducted its annual District Training Assembly at the Signature Grand in Davie on Apr. 22. During lunch that included a packed program, RI District 6990 Governor, Michael Kesti, presented several awards and acknowledged members in the Rotary District 6990 2023 Hall of Fame.

This is the second class to be inducted into this prestigious designation.

These six Rotarians live the volunteer spirit giving of their time , talent and treasure over many decades. They all represent what Rotary is all about, “Service Above Self.” Among the Greater Miami area Rotarians in the Class of 2023 are Yolanda Woodbridge, from the Rotary Club of Coral Gables, and Roy Gonas, from the Rotary Club of South Miami.




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